Meet Chef Mukhtar who believes that following one’s dream isn’t a huge task, however always have something to fall back upon. A correct mix of logical thinking and risky endeavors Chef Mukhtar believes experiment is the spice of life. Having it difficult when it all started he now values where he is even more and is kicked to keep bringing something new to the plate.
Highlights of the Episode
- The firsts on our list are the most cherished of memories.
- It is never too late to follow your hobbies.
- No matter how well you make a dish, your mother’s cooking shall always be your favorite.
Quotes and takeaways
- “My elder brother played a major role in instilling within me the passion required for this profession.”
- “Most vivid of all my memories is when I prepared a proper meal for a banquet function for the first time.”
- “I would appeal to them to follow their dreams but with a Plan B in place.”
When you did you first find your persuasion towards culinary profession? Can you tell us about your childhood experiences? What grew your fondness to innovate in the kitchen?
My elder brother played a major role in instilling within me the passion required for this profession. He worked as the Head Cook at IG Resort Chennai and I learned my first tricks of the trade from him.
In which dishes have you built your niches? Can you tell us about them?
Over the years I have brushed and excelled my skills in the Indian Tandoori Cuisine.
What has been the most exciting memory of your journey so far as a chef?
The most vivid of all my memories is when I prepared a proper meal for a banquet function for the first time. Under the watchful eyes and great mentorship of the chef in command above me. This gave me the incontestable joy that will last forever. I can safely say that it has been an amazing journey so far.
Do you think more students must come forth to pursue unconventional professions?
With the growth opportunities associated with alternate careers, it is only right for contemporary students to earn a living out of their hobbies.
If given a choice, which would be your “last supper” meal, as Anthony Bourdain puts it your death row meal.
Without doubt it with be my mother’s home cooked Dal & Chawal.
Tell us about it: In kitchen, time, pressure and _Planning The Menu_______ is most important.
Yes everything is important but how we plan our menu in scheduled time & achieve the same hygienically is primary.
What has been your greatest creation so far?
My new creation in Indian cuisine is Murgh Badam Korma.
Do you seek mentorship from any resources to improve on your cooking style?
A mentor is that one person who can guide you and nurture your career quest. Your mentor should be someone with whom you can talk freely about career.
What is your message for our readers who are mostly the Indian millennium youth?
I would appeal to them to follow their dreams but with a Plan B in place.